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Over 80 years of caring for Canadians


Medavie is a national health solutions partner with operations in eight provinces



Expansion of EMS and health care delivery operations in New Brunswick, Ontario, and to Alberta and Saskatchewan



Medavie Foundation created



Expansion of EMS operations to Ontario



Expansion of ems operations throughout PEI and New Brunswick



Medavie Inc. formed, name adopted across markets and operations



Assumed responsibility for group benefits in Ontario and Quebec



Nova Scotia EMS services merged, managed through province-wide system



Renamed to Blue Cross of 
Atlantic Canads



Incorporated throughout 
Atlantic Canada



Founded as Maritime Hospital Service Association in Nova Scotia


Humble beginnings

Founded in 1943 in Nova Scotia, Medavie was initially the Maritime Hospital Service Association, a not-for-profit organization that addressed the need for hospital expense coverage. Achieving early success, it gained 80,000 members within 18 months. During the 1960s, we joined other Blue Cross organizations across Canada in adapting their services to supplement publicly funded coverage.

As times changed, so did we, expanding to encompass many areas under healthcare and healthcare delivery.

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Expanding our horizons

In 2006, Medavie EMS Group of Companies was formed to operate the organization's growing scope of ambulance services and operating regions. Medavie EMS, now Medavie Health, would later become Canada's largest contracted provider of EMS management services. Medavie Health Services now manages community-based health care programs, clinical training and medical communications throughout Canada and has operations in the Maritimes, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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Giving back

Since 2011, Medavie has been giving back to communities through the Medavie Foundation. To make the greatest impact, we focus our giving on some of our country’s pressing health challenges, including:

  • improving access to healthy food and physical - activity
  • strengthening access to youth mental health services
  • supporting those impacted by post-traumatic stress.
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